Mumbai has a lot of bookstores spread about, from a Crossword in gas stations to independent stores and book cafes in the city. But what I love about some of Mumbai’s bookstores is how much they have to offer besides the books, bricks and mortar. It’s a total experience, from finding books I didn’t know about, to drinking one of the best hot chocolates in town. Here are some of my favourites.
Book 'Em: Guide To Bookstores In Mumbai For Every Kind Of Reader
Leaping Windows Café
Situated in Versova, this place has an excellent collection of manga, graphic novels and comics. It is the one-stop shop for such books in the city. It has a cute café with great interiors and funky decor. One of my favourite things here is the hot chocolate in the café, which is one thing you might not want to miss. Find a cosy corner and cuddle up with the hot chocolate and one of their vast variety of comics.
Thís is the biggest bookstore you will see in the most populated part of the city, housed in an old building in Flora Fountain. The moment I enter, this place hits me with the sheer volume of books.
This place also has a café called Food for Thought located in one corner of the bookstore. I haven’t gone through the whole collection because there are more number of books than I could ever read in the entire lifetime. A must-visit if you are exploring South Mumbai, with a good collection of English, Hindi and Regional books.
They call themselves Mumbai’s first-ever large format bookstore, and Titles Waves is one of the most spacious bookstores in the city. Situated in the by-lanes of Pali Hill, Bandra, it’s very easy to spot because of its sheer size, being spread over 8,000 square feet.
Despite its huge size, it gives you the feels of a small bookstore itself, with books, articles, decor and stationery for children to adults, in all sorts of genres.
Wayword & Wise
This is one bookstore you go to if you're seriously looking for something great to read with an equally great recommendation. If you’re coming here, don’t forget to play a game with the book store manager. Tell him your top three books or authors, and he will – by collating your taste and what he’s learned in over a decade in the books business – tell you what to read next,
This is the most well-curated bookstore you will come across in Mumbai. Expect to leave with both your wallet and heart lighter.
Bargain Book Hut
Bargain Book Hut is a chain of concept bookstores with 10 stores across the country that houses titles ranging from health, fiction, non-fiction to art, history, and even photography, if that's your passion.
This quaint store located on 16th Road in Bandra West sells brand new books at unbelievably low prices (lower than any other mainstream bookstore, we promise!)
Books begin at anything around INR 25 with their smallest discount being 10 per cent. It's a great place to discover some good books for kids.
Trilogy is a brilliantly-curated library for books in Lower Parel, and plot twist: it also plays a double role as a bookshop.
The welcoming owners take it upon themselves to show everyone around, ask about tastes and preferences and recommend books based on it.
Started by a young couple, you can find Trilogy on the first floor of a building within Raghuvanshi Mills. The space is categorically divided – the first two-three rows are part of the bookstore, and the rest belong to the library for you to borrow from.
They have a children’s section, as well as a library for adults with a massive fantasy genre section for those who find reality too boring. You’ll also find yourself in the company of graphic novels, poetry, beautiful hard-bound books and illustrated material. There’s also space for you to just sit and write, if you like.
Granth Book Store
Granth Bookstore in Juhu is just the place to get lost in a good book with a cappuccino (or two.)
It is a two-floor book store, where the books are neatly classified into their sections, starting with new arrivals and bestsellers (an atypical selection, this includes a good mix of Indian, American and even Japanese writers such as Keigo Higashino). Their other rows include humour, poetry, science/mathematics, biographies, Indian fiction, history, philosophy, religion and self-help.
Their Classics section includes Penguin classics, beautifully printed hardcovers by Word Cloud Classics, Octopus Books and Canterbury Classics.
Nalanda By CMYK
Colaba's Taj Mahal hotel is also home to this bookstore that has a great collection of travel books, especially those dedicated to Mumbai. If you're looking for coffee table books and gifts for friends, check it out.
Vasundhara Book Store
An independent bookstore in Powai, Vasundhara is vibrant, offering you a wide selection of books in Hindi, English and even Marathi, focusing on classics and contemporary writers, both Indian and international.
They also stock up on subjects like cinema, theatre, arts, the environment, travel, philosophy and recreation.
While this bookshop isn't very big, it makes up for it with the sheer diversity of its collection.
The staff will go out of their way to help you out and know enough to recommend similar books to the ones you've picked up. You can sit there for as long as you like and pick your favourite tomes to take back home, and we really like the fact that it houses a lot of the lesser known Indian and regional authors.